Castillo’s family donates organs

Crash victim operated Ricardo & Sons Appliance Repair

by Julye Keeble, staff writer

Richard Castillo Sr. of Uvalde was known as an appliance repair man who helped many people around the area regardless of their ability to pay, so it’s no surprise that even in death he continues to give by donating his organs to save three lives.

Castillo, 64, died in San Antonio after a rollover wreck occurred Feb. 4 on U.S. Highway 83 North approximately five miles past Country Junction. The family says he was returning from a repair job in the Concan area.

He ran Ricardo & Sons Appliance Repair.

Though he was mostly retired, “If someone needed him, he would make an effort and go out there,” said his daughter Sonia Castillo Ochoa.

Ochoa describes her father as a kind man, someone honest and respectful of others. She said he helped many elderly customers and was quick to help those who could not afford to pay much, if at all, and always told customers if the cost of the repair would exceed the cost of purchasing a new appliance.

The wreck was not the family’s first brush with tragedy, as on Aug. 29, 2016, the family lost their home of 20 years to a fire.


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